My husband has a work truck. That leaves one car between my three adult children and me. One of my children has a full time job. 30. minutes. away. Another, caddies and has to leave for work at 6:40. a.m. The third, is involved in so many church activities, it makes. my. head. spin.
Here’s where I come in. I am the taxi mom. Between the cost of gas and the alarming cost of car insurance for the boys, we have opted to save up for another family car, rather than encouraging the boys to each get their own set of wheels, especially since they need to save as much money as possible to help pay for college. Thus, I drive. all. day.
One day, I decided to take on a new perspective. If it weren’t for my temporary taxi service, I would never see my sons. Now that the time is near for a new vehicle, I am sorry to see this Simple Pleasure and Hidden Treasure pass away.
There are seasons in our parenting lives. There are the days of play dates and homemade baby food. The days of chasing after toddlers and plastic containers of Cheerios. The days of being snack mom at Little League Baseball. The end of my responsibility as taxi mom is one more milestone, and perhaps one of the final milestones of a stay-at-home mom. Driving them to their destination.
How long will I be able to listen to a Hillsong CD and worship God in the car with my daughter? When will I again have an hour a day to talk to my sons, with no distractions? Perhaps never. In fact, it’s more likely that I’ll be hoping for a ten minute phone call once a week, or Heaven forbid once a month, from them as their lives march on toward the destination of their own choosing. Or even better God’s choosing.
Perhaps many simple pleasures are hidden in routine, or inconvenience.
Maybe by driving them to their daily destination I have an opportunity to drive them to the desired Final Destination, the destination of their destiny.
Thanks to A Collection of This And That for the Simple Pleasures Project…and for the picture!